Technical Services Division Administrator

Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD)

Salem, OR, USA

The Oregon Water Resources Department is recruiting for our

Technical Services Division Administrator

Oregon’s 2021 Legislature passed a landmark water package including significant investment in well construction management, Dam Safety, and the Groundwater and Surface Water programs of the Department.  These programs lie within the Technical Services Division (TSD). Oregon Water Resources Department is currently recruiting for a Technical Services Division Administrator.

TSD is the scientific and technical arm of the agency, supporting the agency’s mission and Strategic Plan. It is responsible for administering Oregon’s Dam Safety Program, drought and flood coordination, well construction standards and well driller licenses, formal enforcement actions, groundwater resource study and protection, water availability and hydrologic studies, and the Hydrographics program.

The TSD Administrator implements the State’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy technical and scientific recommendations, ensuring quality and timeliness of scientific and technical information produced by the Department.  This information is the basis for decisions made to implement the technical and scientific budget in the department and to allocate and develop water resources across Oregon.

This position is a great opportunity for a mid- to senior-level manager interested in working in the  water quantity sector on complex water management and technical operational issues.  This position provides a mix of staff management, training, and mentoring, along with project management, fiscal responsibilities, and significant work on process and technological improvements.  The position will be responsible for assisting with complex water management issues, including opportunities to visit field sites and engage in public meetings across the state.

Who we are…

Oregon Water Resources Department

Our Mission

To serve the public by practicing and promoting responsible water management.

Core Values

  • Integrity – We are accountable for all that we do.  We act with honesty and promote transparency.
  • Service – We are dedicated to providing outstanding service and treating everyone equitably in our management and stewardship of state resources.
  • Technical Excellence – We base our resource decisions on law, science, and expertise.
  • Teamwork – We are united in our mission, relying on one another and working together with the communities we serve.
  • Forward-Looking – We seek innovative and practical solutions to the water challenges of today and tomorrow.

2019-2024 Strategic Plan

The Oregon Water Resources Department’s strategic priorities for 2019-2024 are to:

  • Modernize our management of Oregon’s surface water and groundwater resources to meet instream and out-of-stream uses
  • Work to secure Oregon’s instream and out-of-stream water future in the face of increasing water scarcity
  • Foster a forward-looking team dedicated to serving Oregonians with integrity and excellence

The Oregon Water Resources Department seeks to promote a workplace culture that understands and appreciates differences among people, utilizes that understanding and appreciation to improve our services, and fosters a work culture that is welcoming and inclusive to all.  This position will perform work with our core values in mind. The person in this position performs duties in a manner that promotes customer service and teamwork, including treating all persons courteously and respectfully and exhibiting behavior that is encouraging and flexible with co-workers and customers who may have different styles.   This position fosters and promotes the importance of a diverse, discrimination-free, and harassment-free workplace; improves Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices within the Department; understands their responsibilities for promoting the affirmative action goals and objectives in the Department; and acts in a responsible manner if they become aware of any Department employee engaging in any type of harassment or other unacceptable workplace behaviors.

Position Information

This position is full-time, permanent, and based out of Salem, Oregon with some remote option flexibility.  Position is Executive Service and serves at the pleasure of the Governor or agency appointing authority.

This position supervises:  the State Engineer and Dam Safety staff, who inspect statutory dams and levees; the Groundwater Manager, who delivers groundwater analyses to internal and external customers to drive and support decision-making; the Surface Water Hydrology Manager, who delivers hydrologic and hydrographic analysis to internal and external customers to drive and support decision-making; and the Well Construction & Compliance/Enforcement Manager, the program which protects Oregon’s groundwater resources.

This position reports to: the Deputy Director for Water Management.

Specific duties include:

Division Administration

Authorize the distribution of available resources to meet division program needs; maintain and support division staff through supervision, hiring, quarterly check-ins, coaching, discipline, affirmative action, training, respond to employee grievances in coordination with the Human Resources Section, and provide a safe and supportive environment.

Division Program Implementation

Program implementation includes management of Oregon’s, Dam Safety program, flood and drought coordination, well construction standards and well driller licenses, formal enforcement actions, groundwater resource study and protection, water availability, hydrographic and hydrologic studies, ET studies, and Water Use Reporting program. Evaluate division programs, policies, statutes and rules to identify necessary changes to advance the Department’s goals and mission

Agency and Division Program Development

Develop and participate in the internal development of agency and division priorities, work schedules, budgets, and legislative actions with the Director’s Office, Agency Coordinating Team (ACT), Agency Management Group (AMG), and staff.


Review staff reports and other materials for accuracy and clarity;  participate in Water Resources Commission meetings; provide information to the legislative and executive branch on Department programs; make presentations on behalf of the Department; establish and manage advisory committee and task force efforts as appropriate;  conduct division staff meetings and contribute to all-staff meetings; communicate with staff using clear and understandable language; use interpersonal skills to maintain healthy work environment.

Special Projects

Coordinate Department efforts on studies, projects, rulemakings, and strategic initiatives as assigned by the Director or Deputies. Other duties as assigned.

Benefits available to state employees include:

  • Work/life balance, 11 paid holidays a year, and a competitive benefits package.
  • Get There – Oregon’s easy-to-use carpool matching tool and trip planner.
  • Live, work, and play in Salem, Oregon.
  • This position is ideal for those seeking more work/life balance with the ability to work a hybrid of both office and remote work environments.

Minimum Qualifications – Principal Executive Manager – F
Four years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, and d) budget preparation.


Three years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, and d) budget preparation; AND 45-48 quarter hours (30-32 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in management.

This position also requires the employee have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.

The State of Oregon requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full documentation or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. For more information, visit our policy listed here.

In the “Work History” section on your application, you must clearly describe your experience in each of the a), b), c), d) areas listed. Failure to provide this information may result in eliminating your application from further consideration.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess some combination of the following:

  • Experience working in natural resources
  • Management knowledge and skills, including decision making, planning, organizing, directing, motivating, and evaluating work and performance.
  • Ability to accurately communicate and distill highly technical (law, policy, and science) and complex information for elected officials, boards and commissions, the media, stakeholders, and the public in writing, presentations, or conversations.
  • Experience working collaboratively with diverse stakeholder groups; Strong written and verbal communication skills; Skills in understanding complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Ability to exercise strategic thinking and effective judgment to prepare for and respond to high-visibility issues and events.
  • Demonstrated success at developing internal and external relationships, building mutual trust, respect and cooperation.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, with an ability to anticipate needs and exercise initiative.
  • Strong listening skills: giving full attention to what other people are saying, take time to understand the points being made, and ask appropriate questions.
  • Proficient with Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint.

Note:  In addition to your related work experience and education, we will use both the minimum and desired qualifications above to determine whom to interview. Please make sure all your relevant qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application materials. Your application materials may be evaluated on spelling, grammar, punctuation, attention to detail, and presentation.

Working Conditions

Office work environment with partial remote work option.  Occasional overnight travel to attend Commission meetings or other scheduled work.


The table below shows the monthly salary ranges for this position.

NON-PERS ELIGIBLE (Includes most new hires to state government. Employees typically gain PERS eligibility after six months of state service.

PEM-F                 $6,920 – $10,703 Monthly         

PERS ELIGIBLE (Typically current or former employees of Oregon state or local government, public schools, universities, etc. 6% is deducted for PERS.)

PEM-F                 $7,401 – $11,447 Monthly

How to Apply

  • Provide a brief (no more than 1 page) cover letter indicating why you are interested in, and a good candidate for the position.
  • Provide a brief (no more than 2 page) resume indicating your experience pertinent to the required and desired qualifications in this announcement.

This recruitment is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on December 13, 2021 and the recruitment may close at any time after that date.  Applications will continue to be reviewed periodically, until the position is filled.

Applications are accepted through 11:59 p.m. on the Application Deadline OR as otherwise stated in the job posting.

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Important: Please monitor both your email and Workday account for updates regarding this recruitment. You may be asked to submit additional information after initial application. If you have questions about this job posting, please contact Human Resources at [email protected]

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Work Authorization

The Oregon Water Resources Department does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.

Veterans – If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the qualifications, veterans’ preference points will be added to your score. For more information on veterans’ preference points visit and select Veterans resources under Resources. Please do not attach veteran documentation to your initial application, after you have applied you will be sent a task in your Workday account to provide your veteran documentation at that time.